Need to know

You're going to be travelling to a pretty remote location. It's this isolation that makes the Yasawas so special. But it's also the distance from mainland Fiji that makes it important for you to travel prepared.


What's Included

• Pre-departure support • Discounted Services • 24 hour emergency phone • Arrival orientation • Long term experienced staff • Safe and basic accommodations (dormitory as standard) • Welcome meeting • All meals prepared and provided by resort or village • Location and cultural orientation • All necessary project training by experienced staff • All necessary project equipment and materials • 24 hour in-country support • Teamwork and leadership experience • Transfer to base location • Construction techniques training • Community work workshop • Construction materials


What's not included

• Flights • Medical and travel insurance • Visa costs • Personal kit • Additional drinks & gratuities • Extra local excursions • International and domestic airport taxes • Pre-post accommodation


What to pack

Facilities are very basic in the Yasawa Islands and there are no 'corner stores' or convenience shops to purchase snacks or stocks at. Therefore it is important that you pack enough supplies to last the duration of your volunteer experience - such as sunblock, toiletries, mosquito repellant. Mosquitos are buzzing around, but that's what you get in a tropical place! We always recommend you cover up and bring along some insect repellent containing DEET and apply it regularly especially in the evenings.

The villages you'll be working in are very traditional and the dress code is important to respect. Please pack a sulu (also called sarong and lava lava in other cultures) as you will need to wear this below the knee any time you are in a village. This applies to both men and women. We will provide you with a Vinaka Fiji t-shirt, however it will also pay to pack loose-fitting shirts or tops that cover your shoulders for wear in the villages. 

We fundraise to provide tools and materials for our programs but the Yasawan communities are always in great need. You’re not obligated to assist in any way, but if you want to provide additional resources, tools or materials please do bring them along. For example,

  • Dictionaries
  • School stationary and educational materials
  • Kindergarten items and educational play things
  • Agriculture tools
  • Construction tools
  • Hats
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Tooth brushes


Outline of the programs

Our programs run from a Saturday morning through to the following Saturday morning and are a total of 7 nights in duration – 5 days of volunteering and two days of relaxation on a tropical island! You may book any number of weeks you wish from 1 to 26, however the program can only be purchased in multiples of one week. If you would like to book a longer duration than that (specified on the booking form up to 12 weeks), please contact us for availability and costs. The program duration does not include any international travel, the night prior to commencement or nights following completion. We can however assist with all pre and post accommodation bookings required in Fiji.


Choosing a program

Think about how you would like to help the people of Fiji and what program best suits your skill sets and interests. Consider when you would most like to travel and if you would like to do volunteer work only, or combine volunteer work with a holiday and do a Voluntour - Vinaka Fiji partners with Awesome Adventures Fiji to provide a range of packages offering you the opportunity to combine volunteering and travel. ‘Voluntour’ packages are available to be purchased as a minimum of one week volunteering plus your desired length of travel, as per the options provided by Awesome Adventures Fiji.

The remote village environment and expected working hours required for the volunteer programs is not suitable for children therefore we have a minimum age policy of 16 years. 


Police Clearance Check

Volunteers wanting to participate in the education programs must provide a Police Clearance check or ‘Working with Children’ check from their country of residence. Please apply to your local police station to get clearance. We must receive copies of this along with your completed Registration Form at least two weeks prior to your commencement on the program.


Confirmation

You will be required to make a non-refundable 10% deposit to reserve your place on the program, with the balance due one month prior to commencement of the volunteer program.


Bula Welcome & Moce Departure Packs

Arriving and departing Fiji is a breeze with Awesome Adventures Fiji's 'Bula Fiji Welcome Pack' and 'Moce Fiji Departure Pack'. These packs make things nice and easy for you on your first and last nights in Fiji. It means you can sleep easy on the plane, knowing you’ve got your accommodation booked, transfers to and from the airport organised as well as transfers to/from your mainland accommodation to Denarau Marina: the gateway to the Yasawa Islands!

For more information visit awesomefiji.com


Groups

The Vinaka Fiji volunteer programmes can facilitate corporate groups, student groups, special interest and sport club groups. Groups can either choose from our scheduled volunteer programs or request for a tailor-made program. Contact us for more details.


Travel Insurance

It is an essential condition of travelling with Vinaka Fiji that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of any emergency medical treatment or accident and to protect your holiday payments in the event of cancellation. Vinaka Fiji has insurance cover available with a leading insurer of adventure style travel, which can be taken out at time of booking.


Health & Safety

We take health and safety seriously and have a medical evaluation policy in place as well as 24 hour in-country support. However it is your responsibility to obtain advise on any medical precautions or vaccinations required before you travel.


Visas

It is the responsibility of all volunteers travelling with Vinaka Fiji to check and adhere to Fiji’s visa requirements. As most volunteers choose to stay and travel around Fiji before or after volunteering, they should enter the country on a ‘Visitor/Tourist Visa’, which can be obtained for a period of up to 3 months. There is currently no specific Visa for Volunteers in Fiji and volunteering is not considered work under the Immigration requirements, so you do not need a work visa.


Money Matters

You shouldn’t be reaching for your wallet while in the islands as the cost of your accommodation; transfers and meals are covered in your program fee. You’ll just need a bit of cash if you wish to purchase any additional drinking water throughout the day, snacks or partake in weekend activities. Please be aware that there are no banks or ATM machines in the Yasawa Islands. Cash machines are available at Nadi Airport and Denarau Marina. Barefoot Island Lodge (the Base) accepts major credit cards.


Got more questions?

Email us at volunteer@vinakafiji.org.fj